NFL notebook: Lewis says Bengals 'back to square one'
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis watched video of Pittsburgh's season-opening disaster and felt a kinship.
“They are feeling a lot like we are,” Lewis said.
The opening-game blues aren't confined to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The rest of the AFC North can commiserate. The defending Super Bowl-champion Ravens looked little like a title team in their opening game. The down-and-out Browns are down again under a new coach.
The division is a combined 0-4 after the season's opening week for only the second time in its history, according to STATS LLC. The other time? That was 2002, when the current division format was adopted.
“We know it will be a tough, physical battle here,” Lewis said of the Steelers game. “We've got to get ready to play regardless of who we are playing, what we are playing. After watching the tape last night and then watching it again a couple times today I felt good about a lot of things. I'm excited about this group and what we can accomplish. But we have to do it. We are back to square one, so that's good. We like to fight uphill.”
• The Patriots placed running back Shane Vereen on injured reserve with a designation to return. The move means Vereen (wrist) must miss eight weeks before he is eligible to play in a game. Also, receiver Danny Amendola missed Tuesday's walkthrough with a groin injury and is “almost certain” to miss Thursday's game against the Jets, NFL.com reported.
• Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block in the season-opening victory over the Vikings. It's believed to be the largest fine for an NFL player for an on-field violation, although suspensions without pay can result in bigger financial hits.
• The Giants signed running back Brandon Jacobs, who played for the team from 2005-2011 and was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams. Jacobs, a 2005 fourth-round draft choice, has played in 100 regular-season games for the Giants, with 48 starts. He is the franchise leader with 56 rushing touchdowns.
• San Francisco's victory over Green Bay was the highest-rated and most-watched telecast of any kind since the Academy Awards in February. Sunday's game earned a 16.6 rating and was watched by 28.5 million viewers, the network said. The Eagles' victory over Washington earned an 11.6 overnight rating, the highest for a Monday Night Football opener on ESPN.
— Wire reports
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